iPad mini

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iPad mini

The iPad mini is a 7.9" screen version of the iPad.

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[edit] Time Line

  • Apple announced the iPad mini on October 23, 2012 for delivery on November 2, hereafter called the iPad mini 1.
  • The iPad mini with retina display was announced October 22, 2013 for delivery in November, hereafter called the iPad mini 2.
  • On October 16, 2014 the mini 3 was announced. It is a mini upgrade adding the fingerprint ID feature.
  • On Sept 9, 2015 the mini 4 was announced for immediate release.

[edit] Features

The iPad mini 1 is a miniature version of the iPad 2 with a better back camera (5MP) and 1 GB RAM. For this reason no new software will be needed to support this product as electronically it looks like a iPad 2. A WiFi and a WiFi + cellular versions are offered. Siri is supported. It also support Bluetooth version 4.0. Initial OS: iOS 6.0

The iPad mini 2 adds a Retina display at 4X resolution at 326 ppi. The thickness increased to 7.5 mm or .01 inches to accommodate a larger battery and the weight increased by .05 lbs. (.8oz). The processor was upgraded from an A5 to an A7 (64bit). The iPad mini 2 includes all the Apple apps for free. It ships with iOS 7.

The iPad mini 3 adds a fingerprint recognition feature and drops the 32G option but has a 128G option. It ships with iOS 8.

The iPad mini 4 gives the mini nearly the same performance and the iPad Air 2 with the faster A8 CPU and M8 coprocessor. It has the same screen lamination and antireflective coating as the Air 2. It also sports an 8 Mpixel back camera with 3264 × 2448 resolution. It ships with iOS 9. Only the 128GB is currently offered.

[edit] Pricing

Announced Price: iPad Mini WiFi 16GB $329. 32GB $429, the prices has dropped to $299 for the WiFi model with the announcement of the iPad mini 2. The iPad mini 2 pricing begins at $399.

[edit] Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.87 inches (200 mm) x 5.3 inches (134.7 mm) x 0.28 inch (7.2 mm) - .29" on the mini 2.
  • Screen: 7.9" multi-touch with LED backlight
    • resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels = 163 ppi - 2048 x 1576 = 326 ppi on the mini 2, 3, and 4
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Weight: .68 lbs (308 grams) one more gram for the cellular version. The mini 2 is .75 lbs.
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, mini 3 offers 128GB, mini 4 is only 128GB
  • Wireless (Data only)
    • Model A1454
      • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      • LTE (Bands 4 and 17), the mini 2 offers more bands.
    • Model A1455*
      • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
    • Bluetooth: 4.0 wireless technology
  • Cameras:
    • FaceTime HD Camera
      • 1.2MP photos, 720p HD video
      • FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular4
      • Face detection
      • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
      • Photo and video geotagging
    • iSight Camera
      • 5MP photos
      • Autofocus, Face detection
      • Backside illumination
      • Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, ƒ/2.4 aperture
      • Tap to focus video or still images and to control exposure for video or still images
      • Photo and video geotagging
      • 1080p HD video recording with Video stabilization
  • Input/Output
    • Lightning connector
    • microphone
    • Speaker
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Nano-SIM card tray for Cellular models. Apple sim on mini 3
  • Sensors:
    • Three-axis gyro
    • Accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Digital compass
    • Assisted GPS and GLONASS on Cellular models
    • Mini 3 offers fingerprint recognition and Wi-Fi MIMI

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